DIY CD-Crate Bookshelves for under $15

signThis whole project started because I was looking for some easy storage in Bennett’s bedroom for his baby books & toys. It’s a pretty small room (only about 8×10), so I didn’t want to take up any more floor spacewith a bookshelf. I came across some DIY Crate Bookshelves on another blog, but it involved sawing a crate in half…and I don’t have a saw, or the patience, so that would be a little tricky. Nevertheless, I went to Michael’s in search of something similar, but more simple to do. I stumbled upon the 15″ CD Crates, which were perfect! And for less than $15 total (for two+hardware/paint), this was a quick, easy little project that gave me a lot more functional space for his room. And they’re cute! Best of both worlds. ♥

You’ll Need:

  • (2) 15″ CD Crates—be sure to inspect them for cracks or flaws! ($4.99/ea @ Michael’s)
  • (1) thin strip plywood (to cover hole in bottom of CD crate) ($1.99 @ Michael’s)
  • Wood glue
  • Scissors
  • Stain or paint of choice/paintbrush
  • Sandpaper (if staining)
  •  (1) 4-Pack Corner Braces 1.5in (aka L-Brackets…I got them @ Home Depot)
  • (4) screws
  • Phillips head screw driver
  • Level
  • Measuring tapeIMG_1086 copy

Step 1: Cover hole between bottom slats & sand. To cover the gap between the slats on the bottom, use scissors to cut the thin strip of plywood to the size…you wouldn’t want books or toys falling through! Mine was not perfect at all, but it does the job. Glue the plywood to the bottom of the crate from the inside & let dry (I used wood glue, but even hot glue would probably work). Afterward, sand the crates to prep if you’ll be using stain.IMG_1088GlueNslat

Step 2: Stain or paint the wood. Spray paint would honestly be easiest! But I ended up using Minwax Dark Walnut stain so it would match the crib. If you decide to use stain, be sure to do thin coats, wipe it off, and let it dry thoroughly in-between coats. It was my first time staining, and I would have saved a lot of time by using thinner coats. What a tedious process! Let the crates dry completely before Step 3.IMG_1216 copy

Step 3: Affix brackets to wall. Measure & affix the Corner Braces to the desired height on the wall, one for each end of the crate as shown in the pictures. Be sure to use your level and measure properly, as the crates can be slightly different sizes.34

Step 4: Attach crate to brackets. Mark with pencil where the screws will be and  pre-screw holes into the bottom of the crate (otherwise, it’s really difficult to attach the crate to the bracket from the bottom). Be sure to get the brackets into the thick wood on the ends, or they might be visible on the inside. Note: mine were not perfect and ended up breaking through the wood on the inside of the crate…it’s covered by books, though, so not a deal-breaker (you can sorta see it ^^). But learn from my mistakes & try to line them up better!

Step 5: Secure to wall. After the crate is completely attached to the L-brackets, screw 2 screws (one would probably be fine) through the top-rear slat & into the wall. After that, it should be firmly attached to the wall. Repeat with other shelf (or shelves) and you’re done! They’re ready for books, toys, or whatever your heart desires!

If you make one, I’d love to see a pic of your final product. =) And if you have any helpful suggestions feel free to share.

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